Handel, “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” – I think Handel is a hack who reused the same melody a billion times over for cash. That having been said, sometimes he has amazing melodies and his work makes your hair stand on end. One of the better ways I can think of starting this Christmas season.
David Frum, “When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?” – no, I don’t agree with everything in it. I’m more positive about the Bush years than he is, at the least. But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t thoughtful and interesting, with some sharp perceptions about American politics. Consider the implications of this all-too-true statement; I wonder how exactly we’re supposed to be upbeat about the next election: We have entered an era in which politics increasingly revolves around the ugly question of who will bear how much pain.
Megan McArdle, “The Real Reason to Miss Barney Frank” – from the article: I like Barney Frank. I also think that, whatever his mistakes, he’s pretty knowledgeable about finance. And you need only look at the committee list to see that it could have been so, so much worse. Guess which Democrat now becomes the ranking member on the financial services committee? That’s right, none other than our favorite batty aunt, Maxine Waters.